Source: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is to partner with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to provide information for members and stakeholders about the My Health Record Expansion Program.
The partnership aims to provide information about My Health Record and its benefits for all Australians, and to advise those who choose not to have one how to opt out of the process.
By the end of 2018, the Agency will have a digitised My Health Record for all Australians except those who opt out. Doctors, pharmacists and authorised healthcare providers will be able to access a person’s My Health Record to assist in their treatment of patients and issues such as prescription of medicines and advance care planning.
PHAA will communicate the benefits of My Health Record to its 2000 individual members and memberorganisations. These benefits include reduced hospital admissions, reduced duplication of tests, better-coordinated care, and better-informed treatment decisions.
PHAA CEO, Terry Slevin, said the PHAA is pleased to support the Australian Digital Health Agency and the My Health Record Expansion Program.
“It’s an important e-health initiative that will be a highly useful tool for medical practitioners, health service providers, patients and public health workers in Australia,” Mr Slevin said.
“Beyond the initial benefits of helping doctors and patients keep more accurate and detailed medical histories in electronic form, it also holds great potential for preventive health.”
“The PHAA advocates strongly for better management of chronic disease in Australia through preventive health measures, and the My Health Record program will allow for significant data collection which will help us to map out hotspots of chronic disease.”
“The identification of high-risk areas will demonstrate further the importance of the social determinants of health and health equity for which the PHAA strongly advocates,” Mr Slevin said.
Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said that the benefits of digital health for patients are significant and compelling.
“Having a My Health Record means that your important health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, and pathology and diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one place.”
“My Health Record also places Australians in control of their healthcare and gives authorised healthcare providers secure digital access to key health information at the point of care, wherever that may be,” Mr Kelsey said.
People who choose not to have a My Health Record will be able to register not to have one during a three-month opt-out period occurring between 16 July and 15 October.
For further information on My Health Record go to www.myhealthrecord.gov.au